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Old 03-09-2013, 05:28 PM
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Hello, folks. Trying to decide. Came into posession of 5 speed 1986 535i. Local doctor heard odd noise in 1990s, parked it in garage, it hever moved again til his wife insisted it go last year, and I got it. Electrical system responded well to portable charger, did not, of course, try to crank. Fix or pass on? Any interest in such a vehicle? Have all records, happy to supply vin for records check. Never, to my knowledge, in an accident. Opinions welcome. Have photos
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:48 PM
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If its cheap enough, try to fix it. They're not real difficult to work on, but a total engine rebuild would probably be impractical, maybe get a used replacement? Evaluate its condition and see if you can fix it or sell it for parts. I'm looking for a nice rear bumper in case it's the latter. If you want to get it to crank, I would suggest removing the plugs and squirting some penetrating oil in the cylinders and trying to get the crankshaft to turn by putting a wrench to it first, then try to start it with a fully charged battery, new plugs, fresh oil, fresh gas, and maybe some starting fluid.
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:55 PM
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Thanks- Guess I'll need to check gas tank- not sure about fuel- it was basically free.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:22 AM
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What would be a good penetrating oil?
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:27 AM
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What would be a good penetrating oil?
PB Blaster or something like that, to free up the rings so the pistons can move without breaking anything. Remove all the plugs and squirt a liberal amount into each cylinder through the plug hole, then try to turn the crankshaft. If it turns freely you will have a better chance of it running properly later. We also do the same thing to the valves and springs sometimes on cars that have been sitting for very long periods of time.
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